Matthew Kopko, a Republican candidate for NJ Assembly in the 31st district, criticized the Hudson County Democratic Organization, discussed the Exxon Mobile settlement, police collar cameras and North Jersey casinos in an interview with Hudson County View. Â
â€œThere were three party bosses who got up there talking about how powerful they are and I didnâ€™t hear a single word about what they would do for the people of New Jersey,â€ said Kopko.
Kopko also addressed his concern with the $225 million ExxonMobil Settlement.
â€œThere is total lack of transparency and accountability on the details of the settlement,â€ Kopko stated. â€œThe administration has not been able to tell the people why this amount is adequate, why they expanded the amount of settlement sites.â€
According to Kopko, collar cams would help improve community policing.
As for casinos, the Republican candidate does not support gaming by the Jersey City waterfront.
â€œI donâ€™t think the plan by Fireman by Liberty State Park is going to come to fruition terribly easily because it is a beautiful natural area and itâ€™s going to be hard to sell people on building a massive casino right next to a beautiful public park,â€ Kopko explained.
Fireman Capital Partners proposed a 4.6 billion project that would include a casino and a 95-story hotel next to the Liberty National Golf Course.
And on District 31 Democratic Assembly nominee Angela McKnightâ€™s position on tax abatement for seniors, â€œshe has been counseled to trumpet certain policies that are very transparently trying to buy the senior and veteran vote.â€
â€œItâ€™s going to be apparent that there is a movement of people who care and want to get stuff done and there is a movement of people who are looking after themselves and Iâ€™m most certainly in the first part,â€ stated Kopko.
Kopko and Herminio Mendoza will be running against McKnight and Nick Chiaravalloti for the general election on November 3.
Vincent Prieto, the state Assembly Speaker (D-32) and the HCDO Chairman, responded to Kopko’s remarks, stating that it made little sense to discuss policy the night of the election.
“On election night itâ€™s all about politics, we werenâ€™t going into the weeds, into policy obviously because it wasnâ€™t that type of a day. Â It’s really about politics that day and that the administration prevailed in the primary and thatâ€™s the main focus.”
Prieto also commented that for the people of New Jersey, he isÂ protecting the middle class.
“The middle class has been crushed overÂ the lastÂ five years by the administration, and I want to do the right thing for them,”Â declared Prieto.
He also noted that he is focusing onÂ replenishing the transportation trust fund, revisitingÂ theÂ pension planÂ andÂ has also gotten rid of the tax sharing in the Meadowlands district which gave property tax reliefs to seven municipalities of over seven million dollars.